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All interested in recycling, waste reduction, and environmental justice should come!

Date: Saturday, August 2, 2014, 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Where: Texas Southern University, Public Affairs Building, McCoy Auditorium
This event is free and open to the public.
Advance registration is not required.

Further details at Houston Sierra Club Meetup site

Houston Sierra Club is a co-sponsor of this event.

The Policy Summit will focus on:
- How we manage (and waste) resources affects the climate and all of our lives. To some it can cause great injustice: illegal dumping, pollution and siting concerns damage health and safety in communities without adequate protection.
- Learn from national experts and brainstorm with local advocates about ways we can improve recycling and waste reduction through policies that are already working in many parts of the world.
- Understand the City of Houston's controversial "One Bin for All" plan that threatens to bring a new type of trash incinerator to Houston.
- Take action with your community members: create a comprehensive plan to achieve what some are calling "Zero Waste."
- Keynote Speakers: Dr. Robert Bullard, Lois Gibbs, and Bradley Angel (see details below).
Panelists include Monica Wilson with the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives.

About the Speakers:

In the spring of 1978, a 27-year-old housewife, Lois Marie Gibbs, discovered that her child was attending an elementary school built next to a 20,000-ton, toxic-chemical dump in Niagara Falls, New York. Desperate to do something about it, she organized her neighbors into the Love Canal Homeowners Association. Opposing the group's efforts, Occidental Petroleum, as well as local, state and federal government officials all insisted that the leaking toxic chemicals, including dioxin, the most toxic chemical known to man, were not the cause of the health problems experienced by residents, which included high rates of birth defects, miscarriages, cancers and other maladies.

Read more about Lois Marie Gibbs here

Robert D. Bullard is often described as the father of environmental justice. Professor Bullard received his Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University. He is the author of eighteen books that address sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, industrial facility siting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, climate justice, emergency response, smart growth, and regional equity.

Read more about Dr. Bullard here

In 1997, Bradley joined with grassroots community environmental justice activists from California and Arizona to form Greenaction. He is a national leader in the environmental health and justice movement, working with communities to stop pollution threats to health, promote pollution prevention, renewable energy and safe technologies, and to ensure that people affected by pollution problems have the right to participate in government and industry decisions that affect their lives. Prior to co-founding Greenaction, Bradley was the Southwest Toxics Campaigner for Greenpeace USA for eleven years from 1986 though 1997. Bradley was Co-Director of the San Francisco Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign in 1985, and has been active in many social justice issues since a teenager. Bradley serves on the steering committee of the Bay Area Environmental Health Collaborative and the San Joaquin Valley Cumulative Health Impacts Project, and helps coordinate the Environmental Justice Air Quality Coalition. In 2008, he was awarded the prestigious Lannan Foundation's Cultural Freedom Award, in recognition of his work over more than two decades with hundreds of diverse low-income and working class communities and Native Nations impacted and threatened by pollution.

Read more about Bradley and GreenAction here

Last updated:  08/01/2014   Content 2014 by the Sierra Club.